Emily Yates, a former Army public affairs specialist and member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, discusses her “truth in recruitment” campaign to teach vulnerable students the reality of life in the military before recruiters can fill their heads with lies.
Jason Leopold, investigative reporter for Vice News, discusses what the FOIA documents he obtained say about the CIA’s “Salt Pit” black site prison in Afghanistan where Gul Rahman was tortured and died of hypothermia in 2002; and the FBI’s ongoing criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton.
Gareth Porter, an independent investigative journalist and author of Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare, discusses why the Obama administration is favoring al-Qaeda’s main Syrian ally Ahrar al-Sham, and refusing to defy regional allies by backing a Syrian ceasefire.
Derek Johnson, Global Zero’s executive director, discuses his organization’s efforts to create a world without nuclear weapons, and the challenges awaiting the next president on arms control and the nuclear “hair-trigger” posture with Russia.
Mark Weisbrot, author of Failed: What the “Experts” Got Wrong about the Global Economy, discusses why Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is being impeached; and the IMF’s weakening influence in “middle income” countries across Latin America.
Philip Giraldi, a former CIA officer and Executive Director of The Council for the National Interest, discusses why the US foreign policy establishment still wants regime change in Syria even though the Islamic State is as likely as anyone to fill the void.
Aubrey Fox, Executive Director of the United States office of the institute for Economics and Peace, discusses his organization’s methodology for calculating a “global peace index,” ranking 162 countries according to their levels of peace and assessing the economic impacts of violence at the national level.
Andrew Cockburn, author of Kill Chain: The Rise of the High-Tech Assassins, discusses the Pentagon’s real strategy in the Middle East: namely, keeping the money flowing to the military-industrial-Congressional complex, even if it means sending the incredibly effective A-10 Warthog to the dustbin and risking the lives of US soldiers.
Sam Husseini discusses his article on Noor Zahi Salman, the wife of Orlando shooter Omar Mateen, and her claim that the media (and anonymous government officials) are lying about her complicity in the mass murder of 50 people.
Reuters journalist Jonathan Landay discusses his article “U.S. sees no major Islamic State links to Boko Haram, despite claims.”
Kade Crockford, Director of the ACLU of Massachusetts Technology for Liberty Project, discusses the FBI’s greatly expanding surveillance power in three key areas: their Next Generation Identification (biometric) database; warrantless access to the internet records of Americans; and their ability to hack and install malware on computers – all potentially without any public oversight.
Nick Turse, the associate editor of TomDispatch.com and author of The Complex: How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives, discusses Sudan’s long and bloody history of civil war from 1955 onward as South Sudan has repeatedly sought independence; and why Hillary Clinton gave South Sudan’s military a pass on child soldiers when she was Secretary of State.
Mark Wilkerson, a US Army veteran and author of Tomas Young’s War, discusses the life of Tomas Young, an Iraq War veteran who was shot and paralyzed only five days after being deployed in Baghdad in 2004. He then spent the next 10 years as an antiwar activist, during which he wrote a memorable “last letter” to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney while in hospice care in 2013.
Ramzy Baroud, an internationally syndicated columnist and founder of The Palestine Chronicle, discusses why the French-hosted Israel-Palestine peace conference (not attended by Israel) is a total sham; the increasingly fascistic Israeli people and government; and why all apartheid states must come to an end eventually – even Israel.